Update: Majlis vs. IAEA

ISNA “reports”:http://www.isna.ir/main/Default.aspx?Lang=E that the Majlis bill requiring Iran to revise its cooperation with the IAEA “is under close study in the parliament behind closed doors.”

The bill, which I “blogged about”:http://www.totalwonkerr.net/1312/iran-majlis-vs-iaea yesterday, may not be quite as bad as I feared. According to “this report”:http://www.irna.com/en/news/view/menu-234/0612265841161858.htm from IRNA, the bill seems to give Tehran a lot of discretion when it comes to “revising” the government’s cooperation with the IAEA. Not good, but better than halting cooperation with the agency altogether.

Says IRNA:

Majlis passed a double-urgency bill to oblige the government to revise its cooperation with the IAEA, he [Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi] said.

The double-urgency bill which authorizes the government to revise its relations with IAEA is like a *blank check* which allows the government to meet the country’s national interests by any means.

Revising cooperation with IAEA means that the government is allowed to take any necessary action to safeguard the country’s national interests, he underlined.

On probable withdrawal of Iran from Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), he said such a plan is not on the agenda for the time being although a number of Majlis representatives have called for it.

[emphasis mine]

Another “report”:http://www.isna.ir/main/NewsView.aspx?ID=News-851628&Lang=E from ISNA _suggests_ that Tehran would like the Majlis to take it easy:

Iran’s atomic energy international affairs deputy stated that although Iran’s parliament was displeased of the approved UN Security Council resolution, it would show a logical reaction.

Mohammad Saiedi while giving news that today a logical proposal regarding the revise of cooperation between the government and the IAEA had been forwarded, noted that he hoped tomorrow the parliament would approve a rational bill which in addition to supplying national interests would ease the nuclear progress path.

When asked if Iran was considering leaving the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Saeidi answered that this issue was not seriously taken by the majority in the parliament.

“The Parliament has no interest in moving towards this issue, but a logical reaction will be taken,” he said, while nothing that the government had also not considered this issue as one of the possible options.

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